Arizona reports 332 new coronavirus cases, 18 deaths

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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, health care workers receive a COVID-19 vaccination at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Pacoima, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Arizona reported 332 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, as the state gets closer to half of its residents receiving at least one dose of the vaccine.

The new cases bring the statewide total of COVID-19 cases to 888,337, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Another 18 deaths were recorded Thursday, bringing the total to 17,809 since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

More than 3.4 million people in Arizona, or 48%, are at least partially vaccinated. Another 3 million people, or 42% of the Arizona population, are fully vaccinated, according to the state dashboard.

Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order earlier this week to prevent state public universities and community colleges from requiring students get vaccinated, submit vaccination documents, be tested, or forced to wear masks. No Arizona university had a vaccine requirement.

Various groups are offering incentives for people to get immunized.

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.